NEW NONFICTION BOOK RELEASE: by Rita Gleason, EVIDENCE IGNORED: What You May Not Know About Columbine
AUTHOR: Rita Gleason
AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: www.ritaGleason.com
PUBLISHER: Dreaming Big Publications
ABOUT THE BOOK: Evidence Ignored presents an unfiltered account of the events that led to the tragedy at Columbine High School. Despite the mountain of police reports, journal writings, video and audio transcripts that have been released, the general public knows only what has been presented to them; information distilled by a variety of law enforcement officials and journalists. No understanding of this senseless attack can be gained if we ignore vital pieces of information. Evidence Ignored seeks to set the record straight, outlining all that is known about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in hopes that it will help to open a dialogue of how we, as a society, can better recognize at-risk kids and step in before we face yet another Columbine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rita Gleason grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York, where her passion for investigative analysis and the study of the psychology of crime was sparked in the aftermath of a triple homicide committed by a student in her high school. Rita combined her love of problem solving and animals into a career as a small animal veterinarian, graduating from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Now a successful DVM, Rita has retained her interest in exploring the untold truths of criminal events, and for helping others look beyond the headlines to develop a more complete understanding of a crime. Her debut novel, Evidence Ignored, is an in-depth exploration of the timeline of events leading up to one of this country’s most infamous modern crimes, the shootings at Columbine High School.
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TITLE: Victorian Songlight, The Birthings of Magic & Mystery
AUTHOR: Dr. Kathy Martone
PUBLISHER: Dreaming Big Publications, dreamingbigpublications.com
ABOUT THE BOOK: The birth of a magical child at the time of the Devil Moon sets the stage for heartache and misery, magic and supernatural love.Beset by unrelenting obstacles and bestowed with remarkable psychic gifts, Kate is often accompanied by fantastical black ravens who carry her through time and space.Victorian Songlight is a tale of redemption and renewal, death and rebirth, triumph over darkness. But most importantly, it is a love story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Kathy Martone is currently an author and artist living in a small Victorian town in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. She and her husband also manage two small BnB’s in their charming turn of the century village.
Before retiring in 2015, Dr. Martone was a Jungian psychologist in private practice specializing in dream work, women’s spirituality and shamanic journeys. Prior to this, she was the director of a small mental health clinic and then she served as company psychologist for Southwestern Bell Telephone. She taught classes at Colorado Free University, The Jungian Ministries International, Naropa University, and Iliff School of Theology. For the past 32 years she has studied with Richmond K. Greene, past chair of the New York Jungian Institute.
The magical world of dreams has fascinated and intrigued Kathy for as long as she can remember. Inspired by a dream in 2005, she began making velvet tapestries imprinted with the image of one of her own dream figures and embellished with ribbons, rhinestones, feathers, glass beads, Swarovski crystals, antique jewelry and semi-precious stones. As a Jungian psychologist and shamanic practitioner, energy and depth of meaning are very important to her. So frequently she will accent the tapestries with symbolic objects, such as old pieces of jewelry, the lining from a purse that belonged to her grandmother, or a piece of ribbon she wore as a little girl. Layering these materials into a meaningful image evokes for her the multi-layered realms of dreams, myth and metaphor. Like the magical nets of ancient shamans, these colorful tapestries ensnare the features of her dream spirits as they stare back at her from their watery dimensions. Her work has been displayed in galleries in Denver, Colorado as well as in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
In 2006 Dr. Martone self published her first book titled, Sacred Wounds: A Love Story. The book chronicles the author’s relentless quest for self understanding and provides a blueprint for other seekers who are looking for spiritual enlightenment while grappling with painful life experiences. Written in easy to understand language, the book explains how various spiritual and psychological practices were brought together in an alchemical blend to produce a potion of timeless healing. Weaving its way through such healing practices as psychotherapy, shamanism, Buddhism, Jungian thought and dream work, the reader is given a clear map for psychological and spiritual change.
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What is an author platform?
We get submissions all the time from people who have no clue what an author platform is. Here's a great link that helps explain it - https://www.janefriedman.com/author-platform-definition/
But in short, here's what you need to know.
- DON'T wait until the book is published or about to be. In fact, you should already have a platform before seeking a publisher.
- A platform IS NOT an author website or author social media account. Those fall more along the lines of marketing. However, these things do help your platform.
If you wait until your book is written and you're querying publishers to have a platform, it's way too late. A platform is something you build over a long period of time. It is what you're known for. Think chat groups on facebook or particular websites, or reddit. What topics are you interested in? If you're writing nonfiction, that's easy but even fiction writers can have platforms. Do you write about vampires? Okay, then great! Where do you get the information about vampires? What websites do you use to look up information? Do you chat with people about vampires? Are you a part of any fan groups? Do you run ideas by people on writing websites? What about Quora? That's a great website for asking and for answering questions. I once got a job based on my activity on Quora. You can sign up for Quora and list yourself as being a vampire aficionado, and then when people ask questions about vampires, you can answer them. Obviously, substitute vampire for whatever you write about. BECOME AN EXPERT on your subject, or at least become known as someone who is really into the topic. Group up with other people who also like vampires and talk with them regularly. At first nobody will know who you are, but over time, they will and you will be known in the field that you are interested in because you regularly interact with people on the subject.
When I was into raising poison dart frogs, I was a member of a website called Dendroboard, it was a chat board just for raising poison dart frogs. At first I joined because I wanted to learn about them. Over time, I became one of the top people on the board who knew about poison dart frogs and could answer all the newbie's questions about how to care for their frogs. From there, I got into growing vivariums and was a member of a chat site all about how to build your own vivarium. I became an expert on that and people asked my advice all the time. When I decided to open my own store, I had a ready made group of customers WHO KNEW ME AND TRUSTED ME and therefore bought from me. I was successful at it. I wasn't just a new person who showed up and said "buy from my store". They already knew that I knew what I was talking about. They knew they would get a healthy frog from me. They knew they would get plants that were safe for their frogs not only in the type of plant, but also in the way the plant was grown (no chemicals). They knew they would get good growing advice and good set up advice. They trusted me. Because they had been chatting with me for years about frogs and plants before I ever opened a store. Frogs and plants were a passion of mine, and I turned it into a business.
That was 25 or so years ago, before Facebook became a big thing, before Youtube, and before I knew about blogging. If I were still raising frogs and plants and running my online store now, I would've jumped on the Youtube video bandwagon, and podcasts. That would further expand my knowledge to the masses and would be new ways to not only earn money, but let people know I (or my store) existed. I still talk to those people to this day, even though I got out of frogs when I had to move and went through a nasty divorce. I didn't have the money to keep that up, and I wasn't able to keep up my greenhouse, so I let the store go. But those people are still my friends and I still admire their pictures and I still participate in discussions with them. If I wanted to write a book about plants or frogs, I would have a ready made audience sitting right there waiting to buy my book. THAT'S A PLATFORM.
It takes time. It's who you are and who you know. It's what influence you have about the subject. You can use your platform to market, but a platform is not marketing.
How do you add your platform to your query when approaching a publisher? If you are active on Instagram, you let the publisher know that you have 1 million followers on Instagram, and the pictures with you dressed as a vampire get millions of likes. You can share information about your blog, in which you regularly post articles about vampires, with your potential publisher. If you're on particular chat boards like I was with Dendroboard, tell your publisher you're a moderator on this website where you regularly answer questions about frogs and plants. Let them know about your podcast in which you post regularly your talks about frogs or whatever your subject is. Fill your free time immersing yourself in your topic and becoming known as someone who knows a lot about that topic, and make sure your publisher knows that. It's really easy when you have a nonfiction topic. You can speak at conferences or churches, you can be a part of support groups if your topic is mental health. Facebook and everywhere else basically is full of support groups for everything imaginable. Make friends in these chat forums.
Don't say anything about a book at first or else they will think that you're only there to sell a book, not to learn or to teach about the topic. But even nonfiction writers can be active in online and real world communities. Do you cosplay? Do you go to events? Conventions? Do you LARP? Then you have a platform! For instance, if you write about elves and magic and wizards, playing games and surrounding yourself with people who also are interested in these things is probably something you do already. I play World of Warcraft, and I would definitely let a publisher know that if I was writing a book that fit that genre, because my guildmates and other people I play with are...guess what? My platform! A platform is basically the things you do already (or should be doing) to immerse yourself in your passion, the passion that you also are now writing a book about. Then, you can use that platform to market your book. But waiting to try to build a platform once you have a book to try to sell, you will bomb out.
- Kristi King-Morgan